Legal Resource Directory
Law Help MN: Browse a list of legal aid programs that help Minnesotans, especially low-income ones, with a variety of legal matters.
MN State Law Library: The State Law Library exists to help legal researchers of all kinds find accurate, in-depth information about the law in Minnesota.
- Legal Topics Guide: Choose legal topics from the subject list to find links and resources
- Legal Forms Finder List: Free, downloadable legal forms listed alphabetically by topic. If your topic isn't listed, check the MN Judicial Branch Court Forms link below.
MN Judicial Branch: As the judicial branch of the Minnesota state government, they oversee the Minnesota Supreme Court, Scott County's court system (linked below), and legal proceedings throughout the state.
- Help Topics: Browse a list of legal topics and discover helpful explanations, definitions of legal terms, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the topic.
- Get Court Forms: Find free, downloadable legal forms accepted in the Minnesota court system, organized by legal topic.
- Scott County District Court: This district court has original jurisdiction in all civil, family, probate, juvenile, criminal, and traffic cases filed in Scott County. See jury information, the daily court calendar at the Justice Center in Shakopee, and more.
Volunteer Lawyers Network Bankruptcy Advice Clinic: Available via phone by appointment only at 612-752-6677
Law Library Help
- Minnesota State Law Library: 651-297-7651
- MN Statewide Self-Help Center: 651-435-6535
General Legal Assistance
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services: Free legal help to low-income people for family law, government benefits, housing, immigration, and more.
Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN): Free legal help to low-income people for family law, civil, employment, debt collection, housing, immigration, real estate, criminal expungement, and more. Call 612-752-6677 to contact (intake by phone available M/W/Th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
LegalWise (Formerly Collaborative Community Law Initiative): Provides sliding scale, flat fee, and a la carte services for elder law, family, housing, immigration, licensing, small business, expungement, and more. Call 651-321-9255 for more information.
Minnesota Unbundled Law Project: A directory of attorneys offering unbundled legal services (also known as limited scope legal services) that are customizable based on needs and budget. Practice areas include family, business, employment, real estate, benefits, housing, wills, trusts, and elder law, consumer protection and debt, and more.
The Minnesota Lawyer Referral and Information Service (MNLRIS): Connects persons with legal issues to one of over 200 qualified private attorneys practicing in over 50 areas of law. Referral counselors can set up appointments, provide general legal information and direct people to appropriate services. Reduced fee options available upon request. Call 612-752-6699 for more information.
St. Croix Legal Services: A non-profit law firm with sliding fee scale rates. Practice areas include family, protective orders, criminal defense, expungements, landlord/tenant disputes, estate planning, and more. Call 651-323-2651 for more information.
Carver County Law Library Civil Law Clinic: Available via phone by appointment only at 952-361-1564
Dakota County Law Library Consumer Law Clinics: Available via phone by appointment only at 952-431-3200. Clinics occur every Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month, 1-4pm.
- Dakota County Law Library Criminal Law Clinic: Available via phone by appointment only at 651-438-8080. Occurs third Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm.
- Ramsey County Law Library Criminal Defense Law Clinic: Available via phone by appointment only at 651-266-8391. Occurs first and third Thursdays of the month, 1-3pm.
Criminal Expungement Clinics
- Volunteer Lawyers Network: Call 612-752-6677 for more information.
- Anoka County Law Library Criminal Expungement Clinic: In-person at Anoka County Law Library (no registration required) on the third Monday of the month, 1:30pm. Call 763-324-5560 for more information.
- Second Chance Saturday Criminal Records Workshop: In-person at University of MN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (no registration required) on the second Saturday of the month, 11:30am-2:30pm. Call 612-752-6677 for more information.
Southern Valley Alliance: SVA provides direct assistance to victim-survivors, makes referrals to other support services, and conducts community education across Scott and Carver counties. Can provide crisis intervention, legal and court advocacy, support groups, and safety planning for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Call 952-873-4214 for more information.
Volunteers of America – Estate & Elder Law Services: Provides legal assistance with estate planning, incapacity planning, long-term care planning, and probate. Offers sliding fee scale. Call 612-676-6300 for more information.
Anoka County Law Library Family Law Clinic: Available via phone and Zoom by appointment only at 763-324-5560 on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 9am-3:30pm.
Carver County Law Library Family Law Clinic: Available via phone by appointment only at 952-361-1564.
Dakota County Law Library Family Law Clinic: Available via phone by appointment only at 651-438-8080.
Volunteers of America – Estate & Elder Law Services (Minnesota and Wisconsin): Provides legal assistance with estate planning, incapacity planning, long-term care planning, and probate. Offers sliding fee scale. Call 612-676-6300 for more information.
Minnesota Tenants Housing Rights (PDF): This helpful online document from Law Help MN outlines important things prospective renters and tenants need to know about renting, from checking for code violations to landlord response times.
HOME Line (Tenant Hotline): A statewide tenant’s rights organization that provides free legal advice to renters in Minnesota. Call (612) 728-5767 or (866) 866-3546 to get in touch. Assistance also available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.
Community Mediation MN: Offers free housing mediation between landlords and tenants before, during, and after eviction court proceedings in Scott County. Call 1 (833) 266-2663 to get started.
Washington County Law Library Civil Legal Advice Clinic: Available on the second and fourth Monday of the month, 1-3:30pm. Call 651-430-6330 to get started.
LegalCORPS Small Business Landlord Brief Advice Legal Clinic: Available on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 12-2pm. Call 651-583-5980 to get started.
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota: Free immigration legal assistance for low-income immigrants and refugees. Call 651-641-1011 for assistance.
Immi: Information about immigration rights and options, and has a questionnaire that helps users identify their path to legal immigration status.
Immigrant Hope - Bloomington, MN: A group of Department of Justice (DOJ)-accredited advocates providing low-cost immigration legal services to the Twin Cities south metro area, including Scott County. Call 952-564-3767 for assistance.
Arrive Ministries Immigration Legal Services: A group of Department of Justice (DOJ)-accredited advocates providing low-cost immigration legal services to the Twin Cities area, including Scott County. Call 612-243-2961 for assistance.